"Appalachian GhostWalks" was created by The ARC Founder and President, Stacey Allen McGee, who also serves as the Tour Director and attended school for Airline Travel and Tourism at the National Career Institue in Tampa, Florida in 1988-89. He has worked in the travel industry for many years and is assisted by two volunteer staff members ~ Michael W. Combs, CGH and Susan E. James, CGH. Both officers volunteer their time to help develop and present an educational, enlightening, and entertaining experience on each of our walking tours.
Appalachian GhostWalks, formerly "The ARC Tours" held East Tennessee's first GhostWalk on the campus of ETSU ~ East Tennessee State University ~ on Saturday evening, September 25th, 2004. Our first GhostWalk of Abingdon, Virginia was held on Saturday, October 2nd, 2004. Also, our first Historic Jonesborough - Tennessee's Oldest Town! was on Friday evening, September 30th, 2005. Our first tours of Blountville, Tennessee will be held on Saturday, May 20th, 2006. For additional tour information please visit below...
The Alternate Realities Center hosts monthly group meetings free and open to the public to discuss the paranormal. We host guest speakers and meetings in unique and interesting places. Please Join Our Yahoo Group if you would like to stay informed on all news, meetings, and upcoming events hosted by The ARC...
"The ARC ~ Alternate Realities Center", founded in February 1994, is based in the small town of Unicoi nestled in Southern Appalachian Mountains near Johnson City, Tennessee which is located in upper eastern region of the State. The ARC holds area meetings and offers several walking tours for area residents and area travelers who find themselves passing through the Southern Appalachian Mountains and wish to learn more about our rich history and urban legend, as well as the art and science of ghost hunting...
In addition, The ARC explores the world of unexplained mysteries, engaging phenomena that do not necessarily fit conventional scientific models, while maintaining a strong commitment to scientific methodology and procedures with efforts to focus on the Human equation. Our mission is to continuously represent new inspiration for new paradigm thinking and ideas in an effort to bring about new directions for the potentials of human consciousness, while bringing about a broader sense of self-awareness...
"The ARC" is not a cult, single-cause institute, or political action group. However, the organization does consider the study of phenomena with unexplained origins which manifest themselves in the reality of this physical world to be of utmost importance to our further mental and spiritual development as a species in the cosmic scheme of life. Reality is not always quantifiable. Just because something can not be measured, cataloged, or photographed does not mean that it does not exist. However, The ARC utilizes sensitive electronic equipment to document paranormal activity when and where ever possible...
If you're ready to dive into the unknown, click the image below to be transported to the Alternate Realities Center's Main Website.
Although not exactly proven, yet theorized by known science, we assume that our Universe is one of many and that each Universe has many levels of existence; In other words, it is multiplanar. In this we may extrapolate that there could be many different 'realities'. Furthermore, the organization embraces and celebrates the individual differences of Human beings, recognizing that one individual's perception of the Universe may not be that of another's. "The ARC" sponsors public awareness events as a means by which we may acknowledge the complexity of the known Universe...
Our primary purpose is the attempt to present data and scientific evidence that will alter the 'paradigms' of our modern society. Those who are not familiar with this term will be happy to know that a 'paradigm', in its most basic sense, is a 'mental map'. It is the way we perceive, understand, and interpret the world around us. It may also be defined as the accepted 'truth' about the way all things are suppose to be, or behave...
Often, the accepted way of doing things, or the way we think about our world invokes frustration as it becomes no longer convenient, or appropriate to suit our immediate need. The desire for change often leads us to open our eyes, as well as our minds, and search beyond the accepted truth. When the act of looking 'outside the box' inspires a 'change of mind', we refer to this as a 'paradigm shift'...
Over the years, The ARC, and it's progenitors ~ the United States UFO Information and Research Center, the Northeast Tennessee UFO Network, and the Northeast Tennessee Mutual UFO Network, have had a number of articles and other media coverage. The ARC has had stories in several publications, but when we were published in first and collector's edition of the magaizine "X-Pose'", a magazine published and distributed in several countries in Europe and Canada, we were simply overjoyed...
We were in good company as we shared this first edition publication with Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny of the X-Files. Also, The ARC was featured on the Emmy Award winning television documentary "Liars and Legends" hosted by Grammy Award winner Bubba Knight. An archive of our newspaper and magazine articles, television and radio interviews, and other past media attention will appear on our website soon...
The organization most certainly encourages individual exploration of both the 'outer' as well as the 'inner' world. Our focus is to promote and maintain global awareness and open mindedness, broadening our scope of acceptance as a species to what is possible in the Universe. In support of our purpose and goals "The ARC" can best be described by our member supported organization's decade-old motto... People helping people to find the truth!!!
Stacey Allen McGee 20 QUESTIONS
1. Where do you see Ghost tours like your own going in 10 years?
We hope to be able to offer many more locations through out our area along with offering bus tours for those areas not easily accessible on foot. We also hope to be able to offer our guests more variety of activities for the whole family.
2. What would you personally consider to be the definitive proof that ghosts are real?
Proving that ghosts are real really needs no proof. Can someone prove that ghosts are not real is the real question.
3. What is the most real evidence you personally have uncovered so far?
It depends on what tour a person comes on. We discuss the real evidence on each of our tours so people can look at the buildings that we have investigated as we tell them the findings.
4. Are you skeptical of the claims other make of their findings?
We are very skeptical about others claims, especially when they are on television. A television show is looking for ratings in order to stay on the air, and considering some shows are on channels that have the theme of being fiction.
5. If you could investigate your "Dream Haunted Hot Spot" where would it be?
We would love to check out the castles in Ireland and Scotland. Not particularly investigate them, but to be able to experience what others have experienced over the centuries.
6. What was your first Paranormal encounter?
When I was younger, I would wake up in the middle of the night to someone breathing cold breathe onto my face, when i'd wake up, no one was there. Plus there was not source for any air, no fan, no air conditioner, no vent, and the windows were shut.
7. What is the best highlight a must see on your tour?
All of our tours are a must see, but what is better to say is that the best highlight of our tours is the experiences that our guests have with the real stars of the tours.
8. If you could work side by side with one of the Paranormal Investigator greats, who would it be?
We already work with who we consider one of the greats. Patty Starr has been a great mentor and a very good friend. We are proud to say that we are proud to call her friend.
9. Read any good Paranormal Books lately other then your own?
We don't read Paranormal Books, we prefer to experience it through everyday life.
10. What Question do people ask you most when you tell them your a paranormal tour owner?
Are there really haunted places around here?
11. In your opinion, Where is the most Haunted city in America?
More importantly, which cities are not haunted?
12. Do you feel more people should get involved with Ghost hunting or Paranormal Investigation on ghost tours?
No. These types of investigations need to be handled by professionals. You can get yourself into trouble if you are not careful. It's like asking a person to drive a car that has never been in one before. It can be dangerous if you don't know what you are doing.
13. What does the future hold for your tour?
Our tours will continue to educate the young people of the future of what has happened in our past and in our present. Everyone knows in future tours, we may experience ghosts of people that are alive today but may not be tomorrow.
14. Paranormal or haunted Ghost tours do you see them growing?
There is always room to grow. The worst day will be the day we stop growing in knowledge.
15. What is your most favorite local ghost story?
I love the stories that have been told by guests of the Martha Washington Inn in Abingdon, VA. Guests have come up to the employees and have told how much they have enjoyed the Civil War reinactors. The thing is, there were no reinactors in the building. Civil War soldiers have been seen in rooms, the hallway, and outside on the grounds. I love hearing people's experiences when they have stayed here. And especially love the looks on their faces when they come on our tour an discover the history and the stories surrounding what they have experienced.
16. Tell us about your best moment on a ghost tour for you?
When a guest came up to us and told us that our tour was better than one that they had gone on before in another part of the country. The guest said that after their friends had come on our tour, they were embarrassed to take their friends on the other tour.
17. What is the hardest part about being a paranormal Tour guide?
Having to put up with people that you know don't want to be there and bring down the rest of the people in the group. These are usually husbands that have come with their wives, or children that have come with their parents and they could care less whether they are there or not. These types of people make it hard for a guide to make a tour interesting for everyone else.
18. What is the hardest thing about your business to deal with?
The closed mindedness of so many people out there. These people would not be satisfied with anything. If it isn't in their norm, then they don't want it. The only constant in this world is change and these people can not accept change. A ghost could come up and give them a wedgie and they would still stand there and say they don't believe in ghosts.
19. Have you ever taken a ghost Tour other then your own?
Yes, but there was not anything that we did not like about it. We learned a lot from it.
20. What in the field of ghost hunting and Paranormal Investigating or ghost tours needs the most attention?
Putting a stop to "thrill seekers" that give us professional investigators a bad name. We all strive to make a name for ourselves as being respected ghost hunters and Paranormal Investigators, but when you have these young people out there that think they know everything going around and trespassing, it makes it hard for professionals to be respected. If they see a medical show on tv, that doesn't mean that they can go out the next day and start performing surgery on a person. The same principle applies to our field of work.
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